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Jets Fans Rally in the Streets Over Report of NHL Return

About 200 people gathered at Portage and Main Thursday night to celebrate the reported return of the NHL to Winnipeg.

With renewed enthusiasm after a hockey void left by the departing Winnipeg Jets in 1996, fans began chanting, “Go, Jets, go!,” shortly after 9:30 p.m.


Hockey fans gather at the corner of Portage and Main on Thursday, May 19, 2011 to celebrate news of a potential return of the NHL to Winnipeg. (SAMANTA KATZ / CHRISD.CA)

The celebrations lasted way beyond midnight, as Winnipeg police permitted fans to make their way to the centre of the street to extend the party.

The excitement comes after a report on the Globe and Mail website late Thursday, which suggested the Atlanta Thrashers would be relocating to Winnipeg after being purchased by True North Sports and Entertainment. True North, which also owns the Manitoba Moose and MTS Centre, denied the report, as did NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. According to the Globe, the announcement is to officially be made on Tuesday. Details of the deal, including cost, were not released.

But skepticism didn’t put a damper on the celebratory mood that blew across the city. Twitter and Facebook couldn’t keep up with the prospect of professional hockey returning to Winnipeg. For a while, the term “Winnipeg Jets” was trending worldwide on Twitter. video/WpgCameraMan

  • Will Williamson

    The NHL and True North should quit playing games with us and announce this already.

  • Harvey

    these people are [edited] this town can not support these millionair bums that play for the NHL – we have affordable hockey and it is much better than the hockey these bums play.

  • ManitobaMike

    Harvey, Winnipeg needs less people like you

  • Harvey

    Well ManatobaMike then don’t use our tax money to support these bums that only play hockey when they feel like it or are not too hung over.

  • Dave

    $70? That’s if you want to sit in the worst seats in the house. The prices will likely be $200, $175, $125, and a few scattered $65 ones. It ain’t gonna be cheap.

  • Calgary Guy

    Last game I went to in Calgary 2 tickets were 580.00 and they were just ok seats. Good luck Winnipeg glad to see you are back in the big show

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